Yukon gains control of job training programs
The Yukon has become the last Canadian province and territory to take over job creation and employment skills programs from the federal government.
Federal Human Resources Minister Diane Finley announced that a new labour market development agreement will mean the Yukon government will get federal money to create and run training programs at the Employment Central office in downtown Whitehorse.
"Yukon has assumed responsibility for the design and the delivery of skills, training and employment programs. This is good news, and they're worth about $4 million a year," Finley told reporters Monday in Whitehorse.
"Now with this transfer, I'm pleased to say that every province and territory now has the responsibility for employment programs that meet local needs."
Yukon Education Minister Patrick Rouble said the federal transfers will make it easier for the Yukon to match training programs with industry needs in the territory.
"These programs make a difference in people's lives and they make a difference in the community," said Rouble.
"They help to give them the skills necessary to compete in today's economy and in today's job market."
The labour market development agreement ensures funding for such programs will continue through 2012.
Finley said Judy Corley, a Whitehorse consultant, will be paid more than $876,000 to run the programs at Employment Central, which provides job search resources and counselling to the public.
Monday's announcement was endorsed by Brian Bell, a former Employment Central participant who now works for the Ta'an Kwach'an Council.
"Thanks for listening to me as a person and not treating me like Client No. 173," Bell said.
The federal government will continue to offer its own employment-related programs targetting youth, First Nations people, and persons with disabilities.